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The 5th Circle of Slime:???

And now, for the final stage of our journey through the slime pits of American politics. It's been delayed a few days by bombs, holidays and other assorted impediments, but it's finally time to finish the trip. Because after all, you can't find a solution until you define the problems, right?

So far, I've dealt with the Republicans, who by their actions have betrayed nearly every principle that claim to stand for. I've dissected modern liberals, who've abandoned all that was good about liberalism in favor of socialistic tripe disguised as compassion. I've exposed the grasping mendacity of the media, eager to promote their own worldview at the expense of the truth. And I've talked about the judges, the lawyers and the lawmakers, the ones who've decided that the Constitution no longer matters, that it is an impediment rather than the basis for our government. They're all pretty slimy, but I've saved the worst for last.

There's one group of people worse than those who've gone before if for no other reason than this: Without this last group, the final piece of the loathsome puzzle, none of the rest would matter; the bottom feeders would be unable to continue trashing the dream that was America.

Now, if there’s anybody who I haven't pissed off with my previous 4 rants, then don't feel left out, because this one will take care of that. The fifth and worst group is us.

All of us.

As Ross Perot said in his amusing little way, we are the owners of this country; whatever happens here is our responsibility, like it or not. See, it's like we live in this wonderful community, where everyone has a chance to make things better for themselves and for each other if they're all willing to work at it. Unfortunately, instead of working at it, we've all decided to be absentee landlords, and party on while the place goes to hell. Instead of guarding our treasures, we've squandered them on cheap trinkets and baubles. There's some Indian tribes out there that have to be loving this shit. We're trading freedom for a false sense of safety; we're trading liberty for conformity, opportunity for security, and justice for fairness.

And we're too busy watching the current episode of Fear Factor to see what gross thing Joe Rogan feeds this week's contestants to notice that our society is going down the tubes quicker than Oprah Winfrey changes dress sizes.

And if our own indifference wasn't corrosive enough, we've got the aforementioned slimeballs accelerating the process of decay. We may all be going to hell together, but these assholes are driving the bus and they've got the pedal to the metal, and that's a big 10-4 good buddy. We're like a group of drunks making a heroin addict the designated driver because he could pass the breathalyzer test.

It's a sad disgrace is what it is. Our forefathers fought and died so we could be free; so we would have the ability to determine our own destiny. Most of us can't even be bothered to vote once every 4 years. The Iraqi people, facing promises of violence, mayhem, and retaliation came out and voted in droves, burying US voter participation in the 2004 elections, and last time I checked, nobody was threatening Americans with death if they voted. By the way, as far as I'm concerned, if an Iraqi man can walk past people threatening to kill his wife and family if he votes, and go into the booth, vote, and proudly show his blue thumb to the world, then anybody who can be intimidated from voting in America simply by the presence of a police car doesn't deserve the vote in the first place.

And yes, I do mean all you fools in Florida claiming your vote was suppressed.

Folks, we're going down the tubes fast here, and unless we wake up and start to do something about it, we'll be licked before we even start to fight back.

If you aren't enraged by all of the things that have been going on in this country over the last 20 years or so, then either you haven't been paying attention, in which case you are part of the problem, or you have already adopted a slave mentality, and are perfectly comfortable allowing other people to make important decisions for you. (If it's the latter, give me a call, I have a position for you.) On the other hand, if you are enraged, what are you going to do about it? What are you willing to do to reverse the slide? Big Brother has already grabbed the power; what are you willing to do to take it back? How far will you go? Would you pledge “your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor?”

That’s the standard for standing up to a tyrant.

How many of you who are pissed at me for writing this have the balls to take that particular pledge?
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